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Beginner Gardening: When to pick watermelon?

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Montgomery, TX

May 30, 2011
7:49 PM

Post #8598228

Did not keep tags that came w/plant, so not sure what variety. They seem to be mostly round & maybe a little oval. Some are getting fairly good size, but not sure how to tell when ready to eat.
Ozone, AR
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2011
2:06 AM

Post #8598532

We always looked at the stem of the watermelon. If it is brown and withered the melon is ripe.If it is green and healthy looking it is still green.
Montgomery, TX

May 31, 2011
1:39 PM

Post #8599664

Wow- that's an easy way to tell! Thanks cando1. Looking forward to eating them - as I have not grown any before. They sure have taken off well, wish everything I tried to grow would do as good.
West Palm Beach, FL
(Zone 10b)

May 31, 2011
2:17 PM

Post #8599707

thank you for this post - was wondering same thing!
Ozone, AR
(Zone 6a)

June 1, 2011
11:19 PM

Post #8603210

You're very welcome. Injoy those melons!
Brazoria, TX
(Zone 9b)

June 2, 2011
6:13 AM

Post #8603554

Does the same apply to cantalope?
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

June 2, 2011
10:10 AM

Post #8603974

Nope regular cantaloupes slip (turn loose from the vine) when ripe. exotics like charantais, some honeydews, most spanish melons, you have to judge by color change. As for the watermelon the actual stem stays green, the indicator is the tendral next to the stem. The old folks called it the the curl and Used "when the curl is dead as one indicator". It is not foolproof, some varieties like Sugar Baby, Black Diamond, Florida Giant seem to have the tendral dry prematurely.

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Hempstead, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 6, 2011
12:47 PM

Post #8613138

I have some Lil Loupe Melons, when is the time right to harvest them?

Thanks, Melissa
Montgomery, TX

June 22, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #9176391

Yes - this spring I planted the sugar baby variety. Harvested first one soon as tendril started getting brown. Oops, that WAS a little too early. Waited on next one a week after. It was a little too ripe but tasted great! Any more secrets?

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